Checkpoint Individual Theories

Individual Theories
By: Eleanore Krzeminski
Michelle Wilson

Eleanore Krzeminski
When dealing with the adolescents we must think about how the life in which they have grown up with has in fact affected them in any way. Some adolescents have lived abusive lives with only one parent. Some of the younger children have been in situations that one would never dream of. There are many different reasons why some adolescents choose to commit crimes and why some of them choose to live the life that is not full of crimes. Even though most have been in similar circumstances each still have the choice of life.
We often think of those who commit crimes as a person who makes stupid choices. However, one must sit down and think about all perspectives that an adolescent has had to deal with in a lifetime. There are three theories that result in criminal behavior. In this paper I will discuss the following theories; behavioral, neurological and psychodynamic.
The behavioral theory is a sense of individuals who in fact learn by observing how other people react to their behaviors. This could be due to past experiences that the adolescents have had to deal with and overcome. Also, living a life where rewards and punishments were a big deal in the household. For example we reward our children if they eat all of their dinner we choose to give them desert. This is a reward in which is deserved when doing what was told to do. However if the food is not gone the child makes that choice to not have desert which is a punishment.
The neurological theory is a way to explore and explain the certain behaviors through the brain activity and the neuronal firing. This could mean something like brain impairment that could have happened under many reasons or a trait that is known as ADHD. Things like this could be something that was inherited or could be produced by many factors that have to do with birth. ADHD is a form of brain dysfunction. Most adolescents who are born or have...